Tour of the Harn Museum of Art done by alexandra PErfetti

Medium- Perfetti, Alexandra "Ode à l'Oubli" (2017) JPEG

This collection of hand sewn and stitched cloth with lithography works is titled Ode à l'Oubli and was created by Louise Bourgeois. What intially caught my attention was how these pages were not paper but in fact stiched cloth. I liked how the artist incorporated her family's past of tapestry restoration into her art by using a different medium. The longer I looked at each of the individual works, the more I grew to appreciate them. Although each piece was unique, they came together nicely into one book. However, one page really captivated me. I found myself really relating to the piece that read "I had a flashback of something that never existed." This really struck home for me because I often find myself overwhelmed with nostalgia for places I have never been. This book really had me reflecting on my life while also living through Louise Bourgeois' past and future.

Perfetti, Alexandra "Guerilla Women Exhibit of the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.
Perfetti, Alexandra "Guerilla Women Exhibit of the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.
Design of the museum- Perfetti, Alexandra "Guerilla Women Exhibit of the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

Without a doubt, my favorite exhibit in the museum was the section highlighting the Guerrilla Girls. All of the pieces of art focused on the disadvantages women are at in the world of art. People love to make women the focus of their works but are quick to discount female artists. Although I am an engineering major, I found this entire exhibit very relatable. I often feel that men in my profession overlook me because to them I am just a girl. Society believes that women are not smart enough, talented enough or driven enough to do anything on their own and this exhibit brings that to life. Every piece of work in this exhibit exploited the injustices women go through in the art world and I believe that is something that should be done more often.

Art and core values- Perfetti, Alexandra "Seated Buddha" 2017 JPEG

Although I am not Buddhist, this Seated Buddha sculpture by Gandhara accurately represents a version of my core values. To me and many others, religion is how we define ourselves as individuals. You model your life off of books and teachings in hopes of becoming the best individual you can be. Religion is the core of humanity and I am a firm believer that without it, the world would be in chaos. We do not all need to practice the same religion, but it is important to look toward a of a higher being of some sort. Religion gives us a sense of purpose which is vital for individuals to possess. This artist was obviously inspired by his religion and decided to pursue it further through his art. Each day individuals showcase their morals and religion through their work. It may not be as blatant as a sculpture of Buddha but it is still present.

Art and the good life- Perfetti, Alexandra "Chelsea Composite II" 2017 JPEG

Chelsea Composite II is an oil on linen painting created by Yvonne Jacquette. To many, this picture is not the good life. It shows a city that is always alive, even in the dark hours. The city is modern but it looks like it has an old warehouse in it as well. In my eyes, this city is perfection. Cities never sleep so you will never run out of things to do. My happiest days are being surrounded by people hustling through the crowded streets as we all try to get to our next destination. The energy a city brings me is invigorating and I can't imagine living anywhere else. I understand this life style isn't for everybody, but to me living here would be the epitome of the good life.


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